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Call for Papers: Religion, Spirituality and Faith in a Secular Business World
Prof. Dr. Dorothea Alewell, Chair for Human Resource Management, University of Hamburg,
Dr. Tobias Brügger, Center for Religion, Economy and Politics (ZRWP) & UFSP Digital Religion(s), University of Zürich
Prof. Dr. Birgit Feldbauer-Durstmüller, Institute for Controlling & Consulting, University of Linz
Prof. Dr. Katja Rost, Institute of Sociology & UFSP Digital Religion(s), University of Zürich
Prof. Dr. Peter Wirtz, Professor of Corporate Finance and Governance, University of Jean Moulin (Lyon 3)
In his book “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”, Weber (1904) wrote that capitalism in Northern Europe evolved when the Protestant (particularly Calvinist) ethic influenced large numbers of people to engage in work in the secular world, developing their own enterprises and engaging in trade and the accumulation of wealth for investment. In other religions, such as Islam or Judaism, we may observe different transformation processes. Nevertheless, religion also played a decisive role in the formation of a modern economic system. In some Western societies, religion overwhelmingly takes place in the private sphere, and in their enterprises, religion does not seem to have any explicit meaning anymore. Nevertheless, religion continues to play a major role in other societies, and even in very secular societies, values, norms, but also business convictions are not completely detached from religious beliefs. Various trends in the modern business world point to this: the involvement of continental European banks in Islam banking, the dispute over the publication of religion-related cartoons in magazines, the debate over the wearing of religious symbols such as the headscarf in the business world, or the integration of religious groups in companies in the context of diversity management discourses.
Our special issue addresses negotiations of the relationship between business and faith, spirituality and religion in the contemporary world considering perspectives from different religions like Christianity, Islam, Judaism and others (Neal, 2013). In the last two decades, research on faith, spirituality and religion at work has developed as a distinct research area (Benefiel, 2007; Benefiel, Fry, & Geigle, 2014; Brügger, 2021; Brügger & Huppenbauer, 2019; Delbecq, 2009; Fotaki, Altman, & Koning, 2020; Gundolf & Filser, 2013; Houghton, Neck, & Krishnakumar, 2016; Lips-Wiersma, Lund Dean, & Fornaciari, 2009; Long & Driscoll, 2015; Miller & Ewest, 2013; Neal, 2013; Oswick, 2009; Tackney, Chappell, & Sato, 2017; Tracey, Phillips, & Lounsbury, 2014), with particular strands focusing on management and leadership (Cunha, Rego, & D'oliveira, 2006; Dyck, 2014; Gümüsay, 2019; Keplinger & Feldbauer-Durstmüller, 2016a; Pio, Kilpatrick, & Pratt, 2021; Steingard, 2005), on human resources management (Alewell & Moll, 2019; Alewell & Rastetter, 2020; Wolf & Feldbauer-Durstmuller, 2018; Wolf & Feldbauer-Durstmüller, 2018), corporate governance (Ehrmann, Rost, & Inauen, 2013; Feldbauer-Durstmüller, Sandberger, & Neulinger, 2019; Gomez & Wirtz, 2018; Inauen, Rost, Frey, Homberg, & Osterloh, 2010; Rost, 2015; Rost & Graetzer, 2014; Rost, Inauen, Osterloh, & Frey, 2010; Wirtz, 2015, 2017), business ethics (Gümüsay, 2019; Gümüsay, 2020; Keplinger & Feldbauer-Durstmüller, 2016b), or entrepreneurship (Balog, Baker, & Walker, 2014; Dodd & Gotsis, 2007; Dougherty, Griebel, Neubert, & Park, 2013; Feldbauer-Durstmüller, Keplinger, & Sandberger, 2014; Gümüsay, 2015; Keplinger, Feldbauer-Durstmüller, Sandberger, & Neulinger, 2016; Sageder, Mitter, & Feldbauer‐Durstmüller, 2018).
Our special issue examines the topic of business and faith, spirituality and religion in the contemporary world from the perspective of various disciplines, such as business administration, theology, sociology, psychology, economics and ethics. Depending on the quality and number of submissions, we plan either a single or a double issue. The following list of topics provides an overview of the direction submissions could take. However, we also explicitly invite different ideas for submission.
Faith, spirituality, religion and management theories
Faith, spirituality, religion and human resource management
Faith, spirituality, religion and corporate governance
Faith, spirituality, religion and entrepreneurship
Faith, spirituality, religion and business ethics
Faith, spirituality, religion and technological change
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies must be submitted by July 31, 2021. All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review. Papers invited to a “revise and resubmit” are due November 30, 2021. The publication is scheduled for issue 3/2022. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at http://www.mrev.nomos.de/ using “SI Religion, Spirituality and Faith” as article section.
Manuscript length should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding references) and the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 3 cm (1 inch) on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the journal’s website (http://www.mrev.nomos.de/guidelines/).
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